Re: Bitkeeper

From: Larry McVoy (
Date: Fri Jul 18 2003 - 15:44:05 EST

I'm trying hard to stay out of this, I think Richard may be trolling,
but I need to make sure that people understand that what Richard is
suggesting is violation of our license and copyright.

On Fri, Jul 18, 2003 at 03:51:36PM -0400, Richard Stallman wrote:
> I think it would be appropriate at this point to write a free client
> that talks with Bitkeeper, and for Linux developers to start switching
> to that from Bitkeeper. At that point, McVoy will face a hard choice:
> if he carries out these threats, he risks alienating the community
> that he hopes will market Bitkeeper for him.

Our license states that you can't use BK if you are developing a similar
system, i.e., a clone. Without using BK it's impossible to reverse
engineer BK to create the clone. So your message seems to be saying
"it would be appropriate at this point to violate the BitKeeper license
in order to write a free client which talks with BitKeeper".

Are you really instructing people to go out and violate our license?

Larry McVoy              lm at
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